In a red light district, newswoman Karen White is bugged by the police, investigating serial killer Eddie Quist, who has been molesting her through phone calls. After police officers find them in a peep-show cabin and shoot Eddie, Karen becomes emotionally disturbed and loses her memory. Hoping to conquer her inner demons, she heads for the Colony, a secluded retreat where the creepy residents are rather too eager to make her feel at home. There also seems to be a bizarre connection between Eddie Quist and this supposedly safe haven. And when, after nights of being tormented by unearthly cries, Karen ventures into the forest and makes a terrifying discovery.Written by
Tim Kretschmann <Tim.K@VirComm.com>
At one point, Sam Newfield (Slim Pickens) is seen eating from a can of "Wolf" brand chili. See more »
When Marsha makes the scratches on Bill's back, his back smooth and hair free. Yet the shot before showing them turning into werewolves, they were both covered with hair. See more »
Dr. George Waggner:
Repression. Repression is the father of neurosis, of self-hatred. Now, stress results when we fight against our impulses. We've all heard people talk about animal magnetism, the natural man. the noble savage, as if we'd lost something valuable in our long evolution into civilized human beings. Now there's a good reason for this.
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The opening credits roll over TV static and features dialogue snippets from the movie. See more »
In the French video version (TF1) The scene where "Eddie" rips a bullet out of his forehead just before turning into a werewolf is missing. The theater version was uncut though. See more »
THE HOWLING (1981) *** Dee Wallace, Christopher Stone, Patric Macnee, Dennis Dugan, Belinda Balaski, Kevin McCarthy, Slim Pickens, John Carradine, Dick Miller. Tongue-in-cheek humor (thanks to John Sayles' shrewd script) and state-of-the-art make-up effects, by wizard Rob Bottin (incidentally, prodigy of make-up wiz Rick Baker, whose stellar work was the first recipient of an Academy Award for Best Make-Up for `An American Werewolf in London', which was released the same year and tended to overshadow this film's appeal) blend perfectly in director Joe Dante's valentine to B-horror films with some B-horror vets (Carradine & Miller) set in a cult-like spa where recovering from a breakdown, newscaster Wallace, finds herself hip-deep in werewolves(!) The aforementioned make-up is the real star here with some truly nasty `changing' sequences, that are still unsettling to watch. Atmospherically perfect for a full moon viewing!
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